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    Dear all,
    I am a masters student interested in the optical properties of bone. I
    have searched medline, science citation index, and current
    contents for information on the absorption, scattering, total attenuation,
    effective attuation and/or anisotropy coefficients of cortical and
    cancellous bone (ie femur, tibia), but have found very little information.
    I am interested in the optical properties for determining the depth of
    penetration of laser light in bone in vivo (to measure bone perfusion).
    So far I have found:

    Notzli et al (1989) Laser Doppler Flowmetry for bone blood flow
    measurements: helium-neon laser light attenuation and depth of perfusion
    assessment, J Orthop Res

    Kent et al (1983) Changes in optical properties of the inorganic and
    organic bone matrix components in fractured neck of femur, J Bone-Br

    Walker RA (1983) The role of femoral cortical thickness and multiple site
    sampling of radiographic optical density in the determination of bone loss
    and skeletal age-at-depth, Am J P Anth

    Firbank et al (1993) Measurement of the optical properties of the skull in
    the wavelength range 650-950 nm, Physics in Medicine and Biology

    Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for your
    help. I will post a summary of the replies.